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History of banjo: Bill Evans concert Saturday

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WHO: Bill Evans

WHAT: The Banjo in America presented by Bill Evans. Part music concert, part history lesson on the evolution of the banjo.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 7

WHERE: The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA, 95959.

TICKETS: $18 member/advance, $20 door at Mother Truckers, BriarPatch Co-op, and http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.

INFO: Visit http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org, call 530-265-2826, or email info@northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.

Bill Evans is a renowned banjo player and teacher within the bluegrass community. He has taught workshops and performed worldwide, including numerous times at the local Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. Evans will return Saturday to the North Columbia Schoolhouse to present his one-man show, The Banjo in America.

Evans’s performance is part music concert and part history lesson.

“Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, I perform musical examples from the 1700s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments,” said Evans. The instruments range from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo.



Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over 35 years, according to his bio.

“I will sample this history beginning with an 18th century African dance tune and then the music of the Civil War,” said Evans. “From there I continue with early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles.” Evans also plays his own remarkable original music. His performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.




Evans last performed at the North Columbia Schoolhouse in 2013 for a sold-out show. He tours worldwide and has appeared on national shows such as Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Evans also holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in American music history and he has been a scholar-artist in residence at many universities across the United States. He is the author of “Banjo For Dummies.” He has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Jody Stecher, among many others.

“I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to once again cover the history of the banjo at the North Columbia Schoolhouse,” said Evans. “I cannot think of a better place to perform a historical concert than a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1800s.”

You can learn more about Bill by visiting http://www.billevansbanjo.com. Watch video performances from The Banjo in America by linking to Bill’s YouTube channel, or link to Fretboard Journal magazine’s video “Bill Evans Tells The History of the Banjo in 14 Minutes:” http://vimeo.com/52518992.

Tickets are $18 for members of the cultural center, or in advance and $20 at the door. They are available at BriarPatch Co-op, Mother Truckers, and online at http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.


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